Why study this course

Access lectures and support tasks at times and places convenient for you

All BGU on-line academic and pastoral support services accessible

Regular on-line tutorial support from experienced academic staff

National Student Survey (2020) showing 91% student satisfaction

Course summary

This distance learning option for the Childhood and Youth BA course is ideal for work-based students wanting to take advantage of the flexibility it provides. Aimed at students who have completed a Foundation Degree or diploma in Childhood & Youth (or similar), you can access lectures and complete tasks around your work and personal commitments. With an option to top up your JNC qualification (see the 'About the Course' section for more information), the distance learning option will also allow you to access all the University's wider support services and staff guidance as a valued member of the BGU community.

To express your interest in this course please email enquiries@bishopg.ac.uk

For September 2021 entry the following two courses are available:

FdA Professional Studies (Childhood & Youth)

BA (Hons) Professional Studies (Childhood & Youth) - Progression Route

Applications for this course are currently closed.

Key facts


BA (Hons)

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1 year

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Awarding institution

Bishop Grosseteste University

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Course details

About this course

You will be able to learn online at times that suit you, alongside your professional practice in the sector. This could include youth work, informal education, residential care, health & social care, community development, and/or a voluntary sector role.

You will be taught by experienced lecturers and practitioners, and you will be supported throughout by online contact with tutors at BGU. The course is designed to build on prior study and develop independent learning skills. It will stretch and challenge you as a knowledgeable, critical and responsive practitioner, enabling you to carry on working and developing your practice whilst working towards a full honours degree.

If you have already begun working towards JNC professional qualification in Youth Work, speak to us about your options for continuing this as part of a distance learning course.

What will you study

Students on this course currently study some or all of the following modules

This module provides the opportunity to focus in some depth on professional practice including leadership and management. It will allow students the opportunity to demonstrate that they understand the level of autonomous accountable practices required of a professional practitioner.

The Independent Study builds on earlier inquiry-based studies and acts as a culmination of studies. This module provides an opportunity for students to carry out a small-scale research project related to their work supporting children and/or young people demonstrating the ability to manage their own learning, and to make use of scholarly reviews and primary sources.

This module will ensure the students study current and future developments within their sector. The module will build upon multiple aspects of previous studies, ensuring students’ learning is current and continuing. The depth and currency of knowledge explored and debated within the module will extend their effectiveness in their role and contribute to their employability.

The module explores the historical and socio-economic contexts of childhood and youth and outlines how the changing social and cultural constructions of childhood and youth impact on lived realities in diverse and differing contexts.

Entry requirements

Applicants will typically have 240 HE credits from a Foundation degree or an HE Diploma in a relevant field of study.

Applicants are expected to have a current (or prospective) voluntary or a paid role in a relevant setting for a minimum of 12 hours per week accumulating to 360 hours per year of study.

Applicants are expected to have three years of experience in a voluntary or paid role working with children, young people and/or families.

Written support from the head teacher/workplace manager in which the applicant works or volunteers

Applicants with alternative qualifications can contact our Admissions team for advice as BGU is committed to widening access and participation and adheres to a strict policy of non-discrimination.

Further information

Click here for important information about this course including additional costs, resources and key policies.

In accordance with University conditions, students are entitled to apply for Accredited Prior Learning, AP(C)L, based on relevant credit at another HE institution or credit awarded for experiential learning, (AP(E)L). If you’ve recently completed or studied a particular module as part of a previous qualification, this may mean that you’re not required to undertake a particular module of your BGU course. However, this must be agreed in writing and you must apply for this.

How you will be taught

Please note that due to COVID-19 our delivery methods may be subject to change in 2021. You will be informed of any changes at the earliest opportunity.

This course allows you to study and continue to work. It is a flexible qualification covering the broad range of settings and contexts in which services are provided for 9 – 24-year-olds. Students undertaking the course remain in employment, or as volunteers, over the academic year in the same manner as the Foundation Degree.

The Progression Route offers opportunities to critically evaluate practice through a detailed analysis of the systems, procedures and changes that contribute to your field of study. This course will promote your professional formation as a reflective practitioner and modules will cover topics such as leading people and teams, promoting quality, new models of practice and contemporary issues such as current political and social trends.

In addition, the undertaking of an independent research study will support your continuing development as a leading practitioner within the children’s workforce.


There is a variety of assessment methods which are spread out throughout the academic year. These include a peer-led seminar, essay, a group discussion, portfolio and research report. All assessments allow you to reflect on your practice and theory as you evidence your learning.

Careers & Further study

Many of our graduates take on higher level roles specialising in areas such as family liaison, special education needs, managing settings in youth work, mentoring or roles in the wider community and with local authorities.


Studying at BGU is a student-centred experience. Staff and students work together in a friendly and supportive atmosphere as part of an intimate campus community. You will know every member of staff personally and feel confident approaching them for help and advice, and staff members will recognise you, not just by sight, but as an individual with unique talents and interests.

We will be there to support you, personally and academically, from induction to graduation.

Fees & Finance

A lot of student finance information is available from numerous sources, but it is sometimes confusing and contradictory. That’s why at BGU we try to give you all the information and support we can to help to throughout the process. Our Student Advice team are experts in helping you sort out the funding arrangements for your studies, offering a range of services to guide you through all aspects of student finance step by step.

Click here to find information about fees, loans and support which will help to make the whole process a little easier to understand.

Undergraduate course applicants must apply via UCAS using the relevant UCAS code. For 2021 entry, the application fee is £20 for a single choice, or £26 for more than one choice. For all applicants, there are full instructions at UCAS to make it as easy as possible for you to fill in your online application, plus help text where appropriate.